Cataracts tend to develop with age due to clouding of the lens inside the eye. The commonest symptoms are hazy vision, glare around lights especially at night, or a rapidly changing spectacle prescription.
When to operate
With modern cataract surgery techniques, a cataract can be operated on at any stage. The timing of surgery is best decided by you and your eye specialist together as it will be based on your personal needs and the presence of other eye conditions.
What to expect on the day of surgery
Most cataract operations are performed as day surgery under local anaesthesia. The surgery lasts approximately half an hour and your hospital stay is usually only for a few hours. During the operation, we make sure you are comfortable and the anaesthetist will administer a local anaesthetic that ensures you feel no pain during the operation. As we operate, you will see some bright lights and we like to play some soothing background music. You will have a patch and a plastic shield over the eye, which we will remove for you in clinic the following day.
Visual recovery is generally fast after cataract surgery but it can take up to 4 weeks to reach its maximal effect. You will be prescribed eye drops to use for approximately 1 month after the surgery and we will advise you on personalised aftercare when we see you in clinic.